March 22, 2019

Premier League Wrap: Manchester City cruise past Watford, Spurs stunned by Saints on crazy night

Premier League Wrap: Manchester City cruise past Watford, Spurs stunned by Saints on crazy night

A remarkably chaotic night of Premier League action saw epic comebacks, a 13-minute hat-trick and a major upset as Spurs copped a big blow to their top four hopes.

Meanwhile, City got the job done at home against Watford as Raheem Sterling scored a stunning treble – heaping yet more pressure on Liverpool in the race for the title.

Newcastle came from two goals down to pull off an astonishing 3-2 win over Everton, while Cardiff kept their survival hopes well and truly alive with a crucial victory over West Ham.

MANCHESTER CITY 3-1 WATFORD

Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in 13 second-half minutes as Manchester City opened up a four-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

The England international was lucky not to be ruled offside for City’s opener as the ball ricocheted off Sterling from Daryl Janmaat’s attempted clearance and into the net a minute into the second-half Sterling then rounded off a characteristically slick City move four minutes later and completed his hat-trick in style on the hour mark before Gerard Deulofeu pulled a goal back just 22 seconds after coming on as a Watford substitute.

Liverpool can cut the gap to a point with victory over Burnley on Sunday.

SOUTHAMPTON 2-1 SPURS

Southampton staged a superb fightback to boost their bid for Premier League survival with a shock 2-1 win that left Tottenham’s top four place in jeopardy on Saturday.

Leading through Harry Kane’s 26th-minute goal and in complete control before the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s slumping side was undone as Southampton capped a spirited second-half response with two late goals in three minutes.

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Yan Valery capitalised on a mistake by Danny Rose in the 77th minute to draw Saints level before James Ward-Prowse’s superb 81th-minute free-kick delivered a victory that ensured they remained two points clear of the relegation zone.

For Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl, this was the kind of heroic victory that will strengthen the belief his side can stay up.

Pochettino, on the other hand, was left with plenty to worry about as his side fell to a third defeat in four Premier League games — a wretched run that has produced just on point and leaves them looking over their shoulder as the battle for a top-four finish gathers pace.

NEWCASTLE 3-2 EVERTON

Everton scored twice in the first half before conceding three in the second as Ayoze Perez scored a late double for Newcastle to win 3-2 in the English Premier League, on a Saturday afternoon that Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will want to forget.

Pickford earlier escaped a red card after conceding a penalty which he saved but was beaten three times inside the last 25 minutes as the Magpies roared back.

Marco Silva’s team looked to be coasting after Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison gave them a 2-0 lead either side of Matt Ritchie’s missed spot kick, but Salomon Rondon’s strike set up a grandstand finish in which Perez struck twice inside three minutes to help Newcastle claim a fifth successive home win.

LEICESTER 3-1 FULHAM

Jamie Vardy reached 100 goals for Leicester by scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday that pushed the visitors closer to relegation from the English Premier League.

Vardy made it 2-1 in the 78th minute to reach the century mark across all competitions and then netted his 101st goal eight minutes later to seal the win in new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first home game in charge.

Youri Tielemans scored his first goal for the club midway through the first half before Floyd Ayite equalized for Fulham in the 50th.

The win put Leicester into 10th place while Fulham is rooted in 19th and 13 points from safety after Southampton and Cardiff both won on Saturday. Vardy set up the first goal as well.

He was through on goal and had just goalkeeper Sergio Rico to beat but unselfishly squared for Tielemans to sidestep Tim Ream and tap into an empty net.

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-2 BRIGHTON

A moment of brilliance from Anthony Knockaert settled a fiercely contested local derby as Mat Ryan’s Brighton beat Crystal Palace 2-1 to edge further clear from the Premier League relegation zone.

The Frenchman fired a spectacular 74th-minute winner from outside the area as Albion completed the league double over their great rivals for the first time since 1983-4.

But Knockaert was fortunate to still be on the pitch after only receiving a yellow card for a crunching challenge on Luka Milivojevic after just 28 seconds – the quickest booking in the Premier League for 10 years.

Brighton opened the scoring on 19 minutes when 35-year-old Glenn Murray – promoted off the bench after Florin Andone was injured in the warm-up – volleyed home after Scott Dann misjudged his headed clearance.

HUDDERSFIELD 0-2 BOURNEMOUTH

Callum Wilson scored on his return from a knee injury as Bournemouth ended a nine-game losing streak in English Premier League away matches by beating last-place Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday.

Wilson was back from a seven-week layoff and opened the scoring in the 20th minute by chesting the ball into the net. Ryan Fraser doubled the lead in the 67th.

The loss nudged Huddersfield ever closer to relegation after a 15th loss in its last 17 league games left it 16 points from safety with just eight matches to play.

Wilson has six goals in seven appearances against Huddersfield and 11 in the league this season after he met a cross from Fraser at the far post and chested it home.

He turned provider for Fraser for the second, cutting the ball back for his teammate to sweep home from six yards.

The win kept Bournemouth in 12th place, level on points with 11th-placed Everton.

CARDIFF 2-0 WEST HAM

Cardiff showed it intends to fight to stay in the English Premier League as it kept in touch with fellow strugglers by beating West Ham 2-0 on Saturday.

Junior Hoilett and Victor Camarasa scored in either half as Cardiff ended a run of three successive defeats with a victory that was rarely in doubt from Hoilett’s fourth-minute opener.

But Southampton’s comeback win against Tottenham leaves Cardiff in the bottom three and two points from safety.

Although Cardiff remains in the relegation zone with eight games left, this victory will offer hope to Neil Warnock’s side that it can survive.

Half of those games are against top-six sides – Chelsea and Liverpool at home and the two Manchester clubs away – but there could be enough opportunities to pick up points from sides around the Bluebirds.

Manuel Pellegrini’s mid-table Hammers have lost five of their last six on the road without scoring.

 

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